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Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world. The French capital is bustling with all things beautiful. From the exquisite sunsets to a day out in the Eiffel Tower, there are a plethora of things that you could be doing in Paris. The Parisian skyline itself is something that you cannot get over easily. The museums are beautiful with exquisite collections. Everywhere you go, every twist and turn in Paris is supposed to bring you to something grand, something beautiful. So if you are planning your first trip to Paris, here are some places that have to be on your itinerary.
The Eiffel Tower, constructed by Gustave Eiffel is one of the most iconic places to visit in Paris. In essence, the Eiffel Tower can be regarded as the symbol that marks Paris. It is visible from many points through the city but a visit to the tower is both refreshing and exciting. There are three stories at the top of the tower, giving you remarkable picturesque views of the entire city. A vast line is always waiting in front of the tower to go to the top and if you are planning on saving some time, you should book your tour well in advance.
Musée du Louvre
The magnificent Louvre Museum sees a footfall of more than 10 million visitors every year. It is one of the most visited museums in the world and quite naturally, one of the top attractions in Paris. Amongst the most impressive works to look out for in Louvre are the Mona Lisa, the statue of Venus de Milo, and the statue of the Winged Victory of Samothrace. It houses so many stunning and astonishing artifacts and has an elaborate Egyptian collection that includes mummies, European collections featuring stunning artworks from the Middle Ages up to the 19th century, and rooms full of exquisite tapestries, furniture, and ornamental objects.
Versailles Palace boasts more than 700 rooms within the structure and is one of the largest such structures in the world. If you want an unforgettable glimpse into how royal life used to be, you have to head to Versailles Palace. Extraordinarily decorated rooms, the shining Hall of Mirrors, and many examples of priceless artworks are what await you in the grand monument. You could opt for a skip-the-line ticket and even go for a guided tour, which is the best bet to soak in all the glory of this palace. To get the best out of your tour through the palace you should go for the full-day guided tour package which also includes lunch.
If you are looking forward to getting a glimpse of the olden Parisian lifestyle, then you should definitely make it a point to go to Quartier Latin. The Latin Quarter was first inhabited by the Romans in the 1st century and has since attracted many scholars, bohemians, and political protest. Medieval Paris can be easily seen in the architecture of the old buildings and the narrow winding streets surrounding them in this part of Paris. You could visit the tombs in the Pantheon, enjoy a drink in the brasseries beside the Boulevard Saint Germain like Hemmingway, or visit the Cluny Museum while you are here.
The Sienna River flows through Paris and divides it into the Right Bank and the Left bank on the northern and southern parts. There are two small islands on Sienna and you have to visit Île de la Cité, which is historically regarded as the heart of Paris. The river Sienna could be enjoyed in a variety of ways- you could take a walk along its banks; you could check out the riverside booksellers or Les bouquinistes; or explore the riverside promenade Parc Rives de Seine, a pedestrian-only area between Place de la Bastille and the Eiffel Tower. You could also go on a cruise ride up and down the river and see the many stunning buildings and bridges from the river.
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre Dame Cathedral is a fine example of the Gothic architectural style and is situated in Île de la Cité, the heart of Paris. There was a devastating fore in 2019 which means that entry into the structure is prohibited. However, though you cannot view the many marvelous works of art such as statues, paintings, sculptures, stained glass windows, and so on, you can still admire the immense structure from the outside.
Montmartre and Sacré Coeur
Montmartre was included in Paris in 1860 but it still features a charm of its own. The ancient buildings, winding tree-laden roads, and the impressive hillside gives it a unique feel much different from what you will find in the rest of the city. There are many cafes and cabarets and you can easily imagine the many artists, writers, and musicians who called this place their home more than hundreds of years ago. The white Basilica of Sacré Coeur, visible from different points throughout Paris, is the most famous attraction in Montmartre. Moulin Rouge Theatre in Pigalle is another brilliant attraction in this part of the city that you have to visit.
The d’Orsay Museum is built on a former train station and has one of the finest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork in the world. Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Cézanne are some of the top-notch artists from the past who are featured in this museum. The famous “Starry Night” painting by Vincent van Gogh is part of the collection at Musée d'Orsay.
Arc de Triomphe
The gigantic Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories throughout Europe. It is one of the most stunning and recognizable features in Paris to look out for. It is situated at the center of a busy traffic rotary wherein 12 of the major streets of Paris converge. Though the gigantic structure is easily visible from a distance, the best experience would be to see it up close and personal.
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